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    Vesta

    Sariçiçek "Super-Oriented" Meteorite
    Howardite, HED
    Bingol, Turkey (38° 54.10' N, 40° 36.01' E)
    Found: September 2, 2015

    The recently named Sariçiçek Meteorite was a witnessed fall on the night of September 2, 2015 in the Bingol Province of Turkey. The next morning, the town of Sariçiçek, and the fields surrounding it, were found to be littered with fragments of the Meteorite and became a financial boom for its townspeople.

    Sariçiçek is classified as an "HED" (Howardite-Eucrite-Diogenite) type achondrite Meteorite. Sariçiçek has been provisionally classified as a Howardite - the rarest of the three varieties. All HED Meteorites are composed of differentiated basaltic composition believed to have originated from Asteroid Vesta.

    This exquisite, "super-oriented" example has a pronounced orientation with partial melt rollover edge around the face opposite the nose. The other face is partially uncrusted pre-melt not due to impact. A couple very tiny impact chips mark the peripheral fusion crust but not the nose. It weighs 35.02 grams and has an attractive greenish-gray color with an unmistakable fluidity to the lines on the oriented face.
    Overall Measurements: 1.83 x 1.43 x 0.70 inches (4.65 x 3.62 x 1.79 cm), weighs 35.02 gm (1.24 oz.)

    [Scale: 1 inch, with mark at 1 cm]


    Estimate: $5,000 - $7,000.

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